Thursday, September 16, 2004

Life is a State of Mind

I'm not really sure what to make of Being There, the Peter Sellers movie I've just finished watching; hasn't really had the time to sink in yet I don't think. I enjoyed the story and the performances were flawless, especially from Sellers.

I hadn't seen much of Peter Sellers' work before, except from a few Stanley Kubrick movies and I think I may have seen The Pink Panther once when I was very young, too young to remember. In The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, the only movie that Peter seemed genuinely passionate about making was Being There.

On the surface it's about a gardener, obsessed with watching television, with the mind of a child who, through a series of accidents and coincidence, becomes involved with a wealthy and politically powerful family, but I think may be more to it. Perhaps it is saying that modern human society, life as we know it is a mere state of mind. Brought up on television, we learn pre-programmed responses by mimicking what we see. Reality is created by our individual perceptions.

I've had a headache all day. It seems to be getting worse. Think I might make it an early night tonight.

Being There


Blogger Gary LaPointe said...

It's a classic movie. Totally different than the PP movies (or anything else) he did.

No agenda but to do what seems right and simple (and obvious)


9/19/2004 09:54:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I was little, my Uncle was head of security at The Biltmore, which is where this was filmed. I got to run around and watch all the excitement while filming was going on. This is a really thought provoking film when I watch it now. The most excited I got for watching a film being made at the Biltmore, though, was The Apple Dumpling Gang!


9/24/2004 01:02:00 am  

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